NYC's Battery Dance Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

August 10, 2015

Battery Dance Festival is one of the few gatherings that present world dance as well as NYC companies. Masterminded by choreographer Jonathan Hollander, it features the Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, as well as groups from Colombia, Italy, Norway and Poland. It takes place August 15 to 21 against the backdrop of the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan’s Robert F. Wagner Park.

Battery Dance Company at Robert F. Wagner Park in 2014, photo Darial Sneed

The home-based companies include Hollander’s own Battery Dance Company, celebrating its 40th year with a premiere by former Graham dancer Tadej Brdnik. Other local companies include Buglisi Dance Theatre, Jennifer Muller/The Works and Tina Croll and Company.

The groups from India in the Erasing Borders series, curated by the Indo-American Arts Council, hail from Mumbai, New Delhi, Kerala and Johannesburg. Battery Dance Festival (formerly known as Downtown Dance Festival) gives audiences a chance to (metaphorically) travel around the world, all in one week.

Polish Dance Theatre, photo by Darial Sneed

For a complete schedule, click here.